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Why the fall of the European constitution has been good news for Britain's Europhiles. Plus the latest gossip from around the European commission table

By Manneken Pis   August 2006

Brits learn to love Europe

For officials in Brussels, the demise of the European constitution is an unmitigated disaster. For British Europhiles it is the exact opposite. One year after the French and Dutch killed the constitutional treaty with their “no” votes, the EU’s approval rating in Britain is at last on the rise—with one poll more positive than at any time in the last 14 years. Asked in the regular Eurobarometer survey whether membership of the EU was a good thing, 42 per cent of Britons agreed that it was, a jump of 8 points on the last…

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